Wednesday, 15 February 2017

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Arby’s Restaurant Group Inc. is investigating a malware attack on its payment card system that targeted thousands of customers’ credit and debit cards.

The Atlanta-based fast-food chain said on its website that it notified law enforcement and is utilizing security experts for the investigation. Arby’s officials said the breach was contained and malware was removed.

No other information, including a list of locations affected by the attack, was given, but security expert Brian Krebs reported on his KrebsOnSecurity website that the malware was placed on point-of-sale systems inside Arby’s corporate-owned restaurants, not its locations owned by franchisees. There are more than 3,300 Arby’s in the U.S. and about one-third are corporate owned, and an Arby’s spokesman told Krebs that not all corporate restaurants were affected.
Arby’s has 46 locations in the St. Louis metro area, though it’s unclear who operates those. A company representative did not immediately return a request for comment.
Krebs first reported the hack last week after a half-dozen banks and credit unions notified him. Arby’s told him that the FBI requested Arby’s not go public with the breach, Krebs wrote.

Visa and Mastercard reportedly notified PSCU, an organization that services over 800 credit unions, of compromised card numbers that totaled more than 355,000. PSCU estimates the breach was first found in mid-January but may have begun in late October.

“Such a large alert from the card associations is generally a sign of a sizable nationwide breach, as this is likely just the first of many alerts Visa and Mastercard will send to card-issuing banks regarding accounts that were compromised in the intrusion,” Krebs wrote.

Arby’s is the latest fast-food chain to be hacked. Last year, customers’ card information was targeted at over 1,000 Wendy’s restaurants, including 17 in Missouri. Other retailers who’ve been targeted over the past few years include Target, Home Depot, Walmart, Vera Bradley and Neiman Marcus.

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